Post-Mortems and the "Postcode Lottery"
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As anyone who has been through the bereavement of someone close to them will know, grief is often accompanied by administration.
In addition to wills and life insurance, one of the most commonly-occurring elements is the inquest.
For some people, the necessary legal process of investigation into a loved one’s sudden, unnatural or violent death can generate more questions than it provides answers.
Therefore, a new system covering the 96 coroners’ courts spanning England and Wales has been introduced in order to add clarity, speed and comfort to relatives of the deceased.
The Ministry of Justice believes that, by introducing guidelines including training for those overseeing inquests, it will be able to tackle what it described as “a postcode lottery”, which has seen people in some parts of the country finding out causes of death much quicker than in other regions.
Under the new arrangements, bodies will be made available more quickly after the initial examination, or post-mortem, has been conducted and inquests should be completed within six months.
The intention is to create a uniform standard across the country, something which the Justice Minister, Helen Grant, says will lead to bereaved people being “put first and foremost”.
If you have any questions about what the new system may mean for you, contact one of our expert solicitors via the Pannone website or by phoning 0800 840 4929.
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